Patricia Mawuli is the first Ghanian female, civilian pilot who is certified to build and maintain Rotax engines.
She has been so impressive that she is being offered opportunities around the world. Patricia is, however, more interested in helping other girls in Ghana realize their dreams of becoming pilots, and has launched an academy, Aviation and Technology Academy (AVTech Academy), to do just that.
AVTech Academy gives girls the skills and training to become pilots. Her school is attracting women from around the world who are interested in learning about aviation, and the international differences one finds in piloting in different countries.
Nigerian-American Kimberly Anyadike was the first African-American teen to fly across the United States. Her flight went from Compton to Newport News and took 13 days to complete. She was accompanied by safety pilot Ronnell Norman and Major Levi Thornhill.
Kimberly washed airplanes and did other tasks to earn “museum dollars” that she traded in for flight lessons. Among the mentors available to kids in the program are several Tuskegee Airmen, who Kimberly has been immensely inspired by.
She plans to be a pilot and a cardiovascular surgeon.
Meet African-American Jonathan Strickland, a 21-year-old pilot from Compton, California who has been flying since he was 8-years-old.
On June 29nd, 2006, during a trip from Compton to Canada at age 14, he became the youngest black pilot to solo an airplane and a helicopter on the same day, the youngest black pilot to fly a helicopter internationally and the youngest black pilot to fly a helicopter on an international round-trip.
He set a record at 16 when he became the youngest person to solo a helicopter and airplane on the same day, as well as the youngest African-American to solo a helicopter, fly a helicopter round-trip internationally and solo six airplanes and one helicopter in the same day.
Total World Records – 6
Youngest person to solo both a helicopter and airplane on the same day
Youngest African-American to solo a helicopter
Youngest African-American to fly a helicopter round-trip internationally
Youngest African American to solo six airplanes and one helicopter in the same day
In 2012 he graduated with a BA in Aviation Business Administration and went on to complete an around the world flight in 2013 a the age of 21.